Leasing activity in popular housing estates has decreased, with rent reports showing mixed performances in different districts, according to estate agents. Ricacorp Properties said although there was a decline in leasing transactions last month, rents in most private housing estates in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island had risen. Rents in South Horizons picked up 5.5 per cent to $19 per square foot a month, while those in Mei Foo Sun Chuen grew 7.7 per cent to $14 per sq ft, it said. Rents in Whampoa Garden, Hunghom, rose 5 per cent to $21 per sq ft. In Shatin One, rents were up 7.1 per cent to $15 per sq ft. In Heng Fa Chuen, however, rents fell 2.4 per cent to $20.5 per sq ft and those in Laguna City dropped 2.7 per cent to $17.5 per sq ft. Ricacorp said rents in Tuen Mun Town Plaza slipped by 10.5 per cent last month to $8.50 per sq ft, while deals dropped nearly 30 per cent reflecting weak interest. Rents in Sunshine City in Ma On Shan fell 6.6 per cent to $14 per sq ft. Ricacorp said rents overall had declined by 10 to 20 per cent in the past six months, with tenants looking for bargains on the market. Hong Kong Property Services (Agency) said some potential home-buyers were hesitant in entering the market, and had opted to rent flats instead.